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Scottish Highlands Cycle

Scottish Highlands Cycle

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling through the heart of the Scottish Highlands
  • Exploring the quaint villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the lochs
  • Visiting castles and taking side trips to experience the landscape further on foot

Trip Summary

Cycle from Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, along the shores of Loch Ness to Fort William. During this week long trip we cycle along scenic paths and quiet forest trails with opportunities enroute to spot the wildlife of the region including red deer, stag or golden eagle. A day in Fort William is set aside to rest or ascend Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. A train journey takes you across desolate Rannoch Moor to Loch Rannoch, where you continue on bike to the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, nestled in the Perthshire hills.

Suitability

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING – GRADE 4

This trip involves 6 days cycling usually along backroads and field paths with minimal car traffic (although some short distances will have heavier traffic). You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between B&B’s. The mileages are short but terrain on day 3 and 4 is stony paths and day 2 has the steepest climb at 1050 feet. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be worn (provided with bike)

Itinerary

Make your own way to Inverness. In the evening there will be a route briefing and you will collect your bikes. Now a thriving modern town, Inverness has historical links going back to Neolithic times. Many battles have been fought for control of this strategic site. A visit to the Garrison Castle Encounter will take you back to 1745 and the Jacobite Rebellion. Accommodation: Family run 3 star villa guesthouse, all rooms ensuite.

Meals:  Nil

Leaving Inverness and following the river, you will cycle across moorland and quiet country roads to Drumnadrochit. Visit the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre and ruined Urquhart Castle. Today's route is mostly uphill. Accommmodation: Built in 1810, the first house on the green, this B&B still has many traditional features, such as the original Georgian windows and is now B listed.

Meals:  B

Follow the Cycle Way of the Great Glen. After some steep hills you are rewarded with beautiful views of Loch Ness and the mountains beyond. In the forest you may see deer or golden eagles before you reach the south end of the loch at Fort Augustus. The terrain today and tomorrow is on stony paths. Accommodation: Small family run Bed & Breakfast situated within walking distance of Fort Augustus.

Meals:  B

The Caledonian Canal towpath and forest tracks keep you away from traffic until you reach the locks of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie. From here there is a short ride to the busy tourist town of Fort William in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis. Accommodation: Two nights in a family run B&B with panoramic views of Loch Linnhe and the surrounding hills.

Meals:  B

Take a trip on the steam train of the scenic West Highland Railway to Mallaig, climb Ben Nevis or explore the many trails in Leanachan Forest.

Meals:  B

Today there is a scenic train journey across desolate Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station, an isolated place at the end of the road from Pitlochry. From Rannoch it is a pleasant flat ride beside Loch Rannoch to reach Kinloch Rannoch and onto Tummel Bridge. Accommodation: Converted Victorian gardeners cottages providing comfortable B&B accommodation.

Meals:  B

A short day’s cycle by Loch Tummel to the delightful Victorian town of Pitlochry or alternatively strike northwards to Calvine and Blair Atholl. Visit Blair Castle and enjoy the magnificent display of arms, armour and the thirty-two fully furnished rooms. These display beautiful furniture, fine paintings, china, lace and embroidery. Continue on to Pitlochry, a pleasant Victorian holiday town that nestles in a sheltered position among the hills. It has two distilleries, an excellent theatre, good shopping and a wide choice of restaurants. Accommodation: Victorian B&B all rooms ensuite

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts – Full breakfasts are served and usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon/sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star bed & breakfast accommodation on a twin share basis with private facilities.
  • Transfer of luggage between accommodation – one main bag and one small item of hand luggage per person with a total maximum weight of both bags of 15kg per person.
  • Train ticket Fort William to Rannoch on Day 6
  • Map and travel documentation and emergency support service
  • 24 speed hybrid cycles equipped with helmets, panniers, tools, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, lock and water bottle. E bikes are not suitable on this tour.

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Inverness / Pitlochry
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cycle guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Scotland
Starting Point:Inverness
Finishing Point:Pitlochry
Activities:Self-Guided Cycling
Grade:Moderate to Challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:GGS
Prices From:GBP£710 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£160  Click for more information